Cyrus Mistry, the former chairman of Tata Sons was killed in a car crash in Maharashtra's Palghar district near Mumbai on September 4.
Mistry, 54, and a man identified as Jahangir Pandole were killed when his luxury car hit a road divider, while his co-passengers gynaecologist, Anahita Pandole (55), and her husband Darius Pandole (60) survived the crash. Jahangir is the brother of Darius, a former independent director of the Tata Group of companies who had opposed Cyrus Mistry's removal as the chairman.
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Mistry was on his way from Ahmedabad to Mumbai when the tragedy occurred around 3:15 PM on the bridge on the Surya river at Charoti Naka, 120 km away from Mumbai.
Mistry’s death has come as a second big blow to the influential family within a few months as his father Pallonji Shapoorji Mistry, also called the 'Phantom of Bombay House for the subtle but substantial influence he wielded at the Tata Group headquarters, had died in June.
The sudden death of Mistry, the first person outside the Tata pedigree to occupy the top position in the group, plunged the country's business and political class into grief, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling it a "big loss to the world of commerce and industry".
"The untimely demise of Shri Cyrus Mistry is shocking. He was a promising business leader who believed in India’s economic prowess," Prime Minister Modi said in a tweet while offering condolences to his family and friends.
Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran, the second person outside the Tata family to occupy the top position in the group, condoled the death of Mistry, a man who, he said, had a passion for life.
"I am deeply saddened by the sudden and untimely demise of Mr Cyrus Mistry. He had a passion for life and it is really tragic that he passed away at such a young age," Chandrasekaran said in a statement.